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maandag 31 augustus 2009

Jon Hassell - Fourth World Vol 2. - Dream Theory in Malaya (1981)

1. Chor Moire
2. Courage
3. Dream Theory
4. Datu Bintung at Jelong
5. Malay
6. These Times...
7. Gift of Fire

Album notes:

Dream Theory in Malaya is titled after a paper by visionary anthropologist, Kilton Stewart, who in 1935 visited a remarkable highland tribe of Malaysian aborigines, the Senoi, whose happiness and well-being were linked to their morning custom of family dream-telling — where a child's fearful dream of falling was praised as a gift to learn to fly the next night and where a dream-song or dance was taught to a neighboring tribe to create a common bond beyond differences of custom. The Semelai are another tribe not far from the Senoi but who live in the largest swamp area of Malaysia. A recorded fragment of their joy-filled watersplash rhythm was restructured and became the generating force for the composition, Malay, as well as providing a thematic guide for the entire recording.

Fourth World Vol. 1: Possible Musics (1980)

1. CHEMISTRY (Jon Hassell/Brian Eno) 6:48
2. DELTA RAIN DREAM (Jon Hassell/Brian Eno) 3:22
3. GRIOT (OVER "CONTAGIOUS MAGIC") (Jon Hassell) 4:00
4. BA-BENZELE (Jon Hassell) 6:03
5. RISING THERMAL 14° 16' N; 32° 28' E (Jon Hassell/Brian Eno) 3:34
6. CHARM (OVER "BURUNDI CLOUD") (Jon Hassell) 21:24

The term “Fourth World” implies an extension of the third world into an as-yet-unknown realm, which would describe Eno’s collaborative effort with trumpeter Jon Hassell on Possible Musics. Using Eno’s ambient beds as the backdrop, Hassell’s radically altered trumpet (the instrument produces a mournful Middle Eastern sound that almost sounds human) rests on top of sparkling, subtle electronics much like earlier Fripp and Eno albums. The result sounds like “trumpetronics,” as Jon’s trumpet achieves the same muted, dreamy effect as Robert Fripp’s frippertronics. The album represents one in a series of Eno albums that sought to re-cast Eastern music for avant-garde Western ears.

Replicant Rumba Rockers - A Rather Interesting Mix (2002)

1. El Ovni Mambo - Senor Coconut
2. Follow Me to San Jose - Erik Satin
3. Descarga Mecano - Los Sampler's
4. All Notes Off - Midisport
5. Dreaming of a Huge Reverb - Erik Satin
6. Midi a Gogo - Midisport
7. Florianopoly (Phonie) - Midisport
8. Jazz - Silver Sound
9. Ditto - Dropshadow Disease
10. Dingbats - Dropshadow Disease
11. On the Edge of Fidelity - Roger Tubesound Ensemble
12. Miniature in F Minor - Roger Tubesound Ensemble
13. Stereo Kiss - Ondas
14. Congo! - Silver Sound - (featuring Lisa Carbon)

Replicant Rumba Rockers was compiled and edited by Flanger co-conspirator and Nonplace label boss Burnt Friedman, himself a rather prolific musician. For this album, Friedman went through the Rather Interesting back catalogue to extirpate some of his favourite Atom™ Latin excursions. A rather heteroclite and humorous collection by all standards, Replicant Rumba Rockers is desperately disconcerting.

Jon Hassell-Last Night The Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes In The Street (2009)

Jon Hassell is the only consistently original successor to Miles Davis' electric output and one of the most original instrumental stylists of the last 30 years. His regrettably low profile is ascribable to the unique nature of the 13 albums he has recorded. Though primarily associated with his own Fourth World tribal/technology concept, his oeuvre reveals a range of other possibilities including bayou jazz (Fascinoma), digital cut-up (City: Works of Fiction) and hiphop (Dressing For Pleasure). Everything, including this album, is worthy of serious attention.

" Trumpet player Jon Hassell is one of the true pioneers of modern music, having played with enigmatic microtonal drone godfather La Monte Young and on Terry Riley’s minimalist masterpiece of the late 1960s, In C, before becoming a student of Indian vocal guru Pandit Pran Nath and finally evolving his own distinctive breathy, sensual, gliding trumpet style as a result. He then went on to record perhaps the most incredible albums of the early 1980s – records that still sound like nothing else on the planet – a beguiling mix of tambora-esque drone backdrop, carefully-processed trumpet, peculiar shimmering moires, and organic ‘world music’ samples the size of atoms "

donderdag 27 augustus 2009

Jean Jacques Perrey & Luke Vibert - Moog Acid (2007)

1 Intro 1:44
2 Schwing 5:09
3 Analog Generique 5:13
4 Dream 106 5:34
5 Frere Jacques 4:12
7 Ye Olde Beatbox 6:31
8 Vision for the Future 5:05
9 Messy Hop 4:41
10 White Knigh (Black the Day) 3:00
11 You Moog Me 3:50
12 [Untitled] 0:06

Now here's a meeting of minds: electronic music pioneer Jean Jacques Perrey teams up with one of the very finest producers in British electronica, Luke Vibert for an odd meeting of styles.

woensdag 26 augustus 2009

Gert Wilden & Orchestra - Schulmaedchen Report

1 Die Dressiertre Frau - Title Theme
2 Was Männer Nicht Für Möglich Halten - Follow Me
3 Madame Und Ihre Nichte - Title Theme
4 Schulmädchen Report 1-13 -Title Theme
5 Schulmädchen Report 1 - Girl Faces
6 Schulmädchen Report 2 - Dirty Beat
7 Schulmädchen Report 3 - Soul Guitar
8 Schulmädchen Report 4 - Getting Blue
9 Was Männer Nicht Für Möglich Halten - Dirty Boy
10 Schulmädchen Report 5 - Ecstasy Blues
11 Mädchen Die Nach München Kommen - Title Theme
12 Mädchen Die Nach München Kommen - Sexy Girls
13 Die Fleissigen Bienen Vom Fröhlichen Bock - Blues Party
14 Madame Und Ihre Nichte - Hot Dance
15 Madame Und Ihre Nichte - Dirty Dancing
16 Was Männer Nicht Für Möglich Halten - Ballet Elevin
17 Die Jungen Ausreißerinnen - Blue Mood
18 Madame Und Ihre Nichte - Ecstasy Dance
19 Die Jungen Ausreißerinnen - Little Girls

Excellent German orchestral and small combo rock 'n' roll from the soundtracks of German softcore films of the early 60s and 70s. All tracks feature catchy riffs, sighing vocals and softer horns provide the background for your home seduction scenes, while the upbeat cuts turn any room into a discoteque. This is superior cheese.

Gert Wilden & Orchestra - I Told You Not To Cry

Swinging themes from thrilling German crime films (1966 - 1972).

Compiled by Crippled Dick Hot Wax

1. Rolf Torring
2. I Told You Not To Cry
3. Hong Kong Twist
4. Fu Manchu Theme
5. Murder Beat
6. Green Spider Theme
7. Gaslight Mood
8. Beware
9. Pulp Heroes
10. Bulletproof
11. Kill Street
12. Desert Hips
13. Oriental Twist
14. The Hunt
15. Beach Party
16. Steps In The Dark
17. Oriental Nights
18. White Cargo
19. Piano Blues
20. Tiger Blues

A companion to Schulmädchen Report, a compilation of bandleader/composer Gert Wilden's themes for German softcore sex films, I Told You Not to Cry collects 20 of Wilden's scores for crime films from the same era.

Raymond Scott - Manhattan Research Inc.

The almost unfathomably good, groundbreaking collection of unreleased electronic work from Raymond Scott is thankfully, finally available again! This is a 69 track edition of over two hours of Raymond Scott's unreleased electronic recordings from the 1950s and 60s.
Absolutely stunning.

Robert Drasnin - Voodoo II (2007)

1. Habanera In Blue
2. Moonrean Moonbeams
3. Sambalerro
4. East Of Xanadu
5. Kahluha Mist
6. Polynesian Bolero
7. Luz De La Luna
8. Puente Doble
9. La Mer Velours
10. Reminiscence
11. Siren Song
12. Thaitian Dream

Over ten years after the reissue of "Voodoo" and almost fifty since the release of the original, Dionysus Records unveils ROBERT DRASNIN's Voodoo II. Combining ROBERT DRASNIN's beautiful aquatic-like composition with all elements necessary for the exotica sound such as marimba, percussion, flue, piano and more; Voodoo II is destined to become as much of an exotica classic as it's predecessor

Robert Drasnin - Voodoo (1959)

1. Chant Of The Moon
2. Desiree
3. Hindara
4. Orincoco
5. Warm Night Wind
6. Mirage
7. Voodoo
8. Jardin De La Noche
9. Tambuku
10. You
11. Paradise
12. Enchantment

This lush Robert Drasnin album is a gem, a superb and sublime example of exotica music.
If you only get one 'exotica' album, make it this one!

Ali Farka Toure - Savane (2006)

1. Ewly (4:42)
2. Yer Bounda Fara (4:18)
3. Beto (4:49)
4. Savane (7:43)
5. Soya (4:38)
6. Penda Yoro (5:25)
7. Machengoidi (3:35)
8. Ledi Coumbe (3:16)
9. Hanana (2:34)
10. Hommage A Anassi Coulibaly (5:05)
11. Gambari Pour Madame Sankare (3:49)
12. Banga (3:48)
13. Njarou (4:55)

Savane' is the final album from the acclaimed guitarist from Mali, who died in March 2006 after a three-decade recording career which found him injecting American blues into traditional African music.

Squarepusher - Hello Everything (2006)

1. Hello Meow (4:31)
2. Theme From Sprite (2:57)
3. Bubble Life (2:53)
4. Planetarium (6:09)
5. Vacuum Garden (6:02)
6. Circlewave 2 (3:53)
7. Cronecker King (0:48)
8. Rotate Electrolyte (7:48)
9. Welcome To Europe (4:32)
10. Plotinus (7:36)
11. The Modern Bass Guitar (5:38)
12. Orient Orange (10:54)

This is the prolific Tom Jenkinson's sixth album for Warp, and still the creative fire burns brightly. He remains an artist whose work demands to be heard, its direction far from predictable and its style never set in stone.

Vibe-O-Tron presents: Sun Ra Arkestra Sampler

Occasionally we will be posting some compilations here. Sorted, sequenced and manipulated by our resident jockey Mr. Gerald Fitz-Ella. His eclectic choice and impeccable taste will continue to please your ears!

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Kurt Schwitters - Ursonate

Fumms bö wö tää zää Uu, pögiff, kwii Ee

Kurt Schwitters was born in Hannover in 1887. Refused by the Berlin Dadaists, he started a one-man Dada group in Hannover called Merz . He made paintings, collages and objects; he wrote poems, sound poems and plays, which he published in his own magazine, also called Merz.

Schwitters used phrases such as this to provoke audiences at literary salons, who expected traditional romantic poetry, by endlessly repeating them in many different voices.

RrRrRrRrummpff t?
RrRrRrRrRrummpff tll?

Great stuff for winding down after a hard days work!

Flanger - Spirituals (2005)

1. Funeral March
2. Crime in the Moonlight
3. How Long Is the Wrong Way?
4. Down the River
5. Music Is Our Secret Code
6. Tiny Tina
7. Hope to Hear From You Soon, Honey
8. Peninsula
9. In My Car - (Single Version)
10. In My Car - (Bolt mix)
11. How Long Is the Wrong Way? - (Extended)
12. Crime in the Pale Moonlight - (Short Version)

FLANGER is ATOM (aka SEOR COCONUT) and BURNT FRIEDMAN. On this, their fourth full length album, they have collaborated with Sydney born RICHARD PIKE aka RIFF JACKSON III of PIVOT fame (and standin for EWAN MCGREGOR in STAR WARS) and his brother, drummer extraordinaire LAURENCE PIKE aka MF SHAKESPEARE of TRIOSK. > The new album \'Spirituals\' is three years in the making, the first release after \'Inner Space/Outer Space\' in 2002 on NINJA TUNE. Their tracks over the previous releases have licensed to many jazz / breaks related compilations. > This new Flanger album is all about reimagining a period when music was still playful. Back then, people would come to call their songs Spirituals, for the inspiration to sing and play them came from above and would leave them in high spirits. All the more reason to sing and play. > It\'s this spirit that Atom and his longtime Flanger comrade, Burnt Friedman, are trying to catch. Here they explore and relive the emotional sides of this jazzbeforejazz, its moods and sentiments.

Gino Marinacci - ... Idea

Really hip work from Italian flautist Gino Marinacci -- a player with a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of, recording here in a group that really matches the best side of his talents! Gino plays a bass flute -- which has a nice low-end, rumbling sort of sound -- quite different than some of the higher-toned flutes usually used in jazz, and mixed here with trombone work from Dino Piana, which makes for a nicely bottom-heavy record that's really great. Other players include Antonello Vannucchi on piano and organ and Angelo Baroncini on guitar -- and the rhythms on the record are often as unique as Marinacci's sound -- not quite modal, not quite bossa, not quite soul jazz -- but with cool elements of all of them. Arrangements are by Marinacchi and Vannucchi, but Piero Piccioni also arranged one tune too -- and titles include "Idea", "Metropoli", "Club Privato", "Comunicativa", "Dialogo", "Intesa", and "Un Volto Una Storia".

Arlene Zupp - hey smile Fitness Is Fun (1966)

Theme song – Fitness is Fun
Warm Up – Caliente, Hey
Waist, Midriff, Arms, & Shoulders – Mango Swing
Abdominals – Softalero
Pelvic Area & Hips – How ‘Bout That

Inner Thighs – Turn Blue Cha-Cha
Correctives – Portrait
Tension – The Physfits
Rolling Pin – Bottoms’ Zupp
Cool Off – You’re Where You Want To Be

Your prayers have been answered with the 1966 classic “hey smile FITNESS iS FUN”, featuring the inspirational yet peppy bowl-cutted Arlene Zupp. As the liner notes tell us, “....if you are bogged down with “LOVE KNOBS”, “SADDLE BAGS”, “ENGLISH MUFFINS”, “PROTRUDING ABDOMINALS, or a “DOWAGERS CAPE”, this record will not only explain what they are, but also how to rid yourself of them.”

Ken Nordine - How Are Things In Your Town? (1971)

A1 Original Sin (3:02)
A2 What Time Is It? (4:00)
A3 Down The Drain (3:18)
A4 Reaching Into In (2:12)
A5 Lemming (2:35)
A6 Flibberty Jib (4:50)
B1 The Whistler (3:08)
B2 Bury-It-Yourself Time Capsule (3:16)
B3 Hunger Is From (3:58)
B4 Smerd (4:40)
B5 Anytime, Anytime (2:32)
B6 Pacing (2:25)
C1 Firefly (2:23)
C2 Outer Space (3:42)
C3 Manned Space Capsule (2:24)
C4 The Vidiot (5:35)
C5 Miss Cone (2:52)
C6 Mr. Big (2:09)
D1 Confessions Of 349-18-5171 (7:33)
D2 Roger (5:16)
D3 Looks Like Rain (3:40)
D4 You're Getting Better (2:15)

Ken Nordine is world renowned for his sensational spoken words delivered through powerful baritone diction. He’s the most instantly recognizable voice personality in both broadcast radio & commercial television history and his articulate vernacular & dramatic vocalizations earned him the apt title of ‘King of the Voice-overs'. The 1972 release ‘How Are Things In Your Town?’ (deriving its title from Nordine’s spooky tale about a tall stranger in ‘Flibberty Jib?) is a rather nice collection of Nordine’s early seminal works. Although not cohesive in its presentation it is a solid representation of Nordine’s creative range. His speech method encompasses you completely demanding strict attention to his timeless social commentary and even the more strange scenarios and nonsensical utterances. Nordine is very effective at invoking descriptive imagery that chaperons you through numerous portraits of unstable men and journeys through their nerve wracked minds on ‘Looks Like Rain,? obsessions with clocks & time in ‘What Time Is It?,? the ‘Original Sin’ of vermin killing and rat poison disposal, and how ‘You’re Getting Better? by just avoiding conformity. This is excellent material and essential listening for everyone!

Ken Nordine - The Best of Word Jazz Vol 1 (1990)

1 My Baby
2 Original Sin
3 What time Is It?
4 Confessions Of 349-18-5171
5 Hunger Is From
6 The Vidiot
7 Reaching Into In
8 Adult Kindergarten
9 The Sound Museum
10 Bury-It-Yourself Time Capsules
11 Anytime, Anytime
12 A Whistler
13 Flibberty Jib
14 Faces In The Jazzamatazz
15 I Used To Think My Right Hand Was Uglier Than My Left
16 Looks Like It's Going To Rain
17 Down The Drain
18 You're Getting Better

Nordine is far better known for his voiceover work than for his albums, but those who do know the albums know the Word Jazz series best. This 1990 compilation gathers together a good selection of the earlier material, recorded between 1957 and 1960. It has a beatnik sensibility, with rhythmic poetic lines underpinned by hip cool jazz backing. It would be a fruitless pairing if it wasn't for two key things: First, Nordine's voice is amazing, polished by years of professional work behind the microphone. Secondly, Nordine's storytelling is solid, and you find yourself being pulled into his world despite the offbeat nature of the material. When you are offered a tour of his brain, as in the CD-only "Looks Like It's Going to Rain," you're glad for the chance to go. A great overview of the crucial formative years.

Dick Hyman - Electrodynamics (1963)

Side 1
Stompin' at the Savoy
The Sweetest Sounds (from "No Strings")
I Left My Heart in San Francisco
Fly Me To The Moon
Side By Side

Side 2
Mack The Knife (from "Three Penny Opera")
Satin Doll
Shadowland (D. Hyman)
Big Ben Bossa (E. Light, L. Davies)
This is All I Ask
Till We Meet Again

During his freeform period Hyman played electric piano and later added the organ and synthesiser to the instruments at his command. From the late 50s through to the early 70s Hyman worked as a musician, arranger and composer for Enoch Light's Grand Award, Command Records and Project 3 labels, though as he was still contracted to other labels during this period many of his recordings were released under a pseudonymous title. The surprise 1969 US Top 40 hit "The Minotaur", credited to Dick Hyman And His Electric Eclectics, was the first single ever to be entirely performed on a synthesiser.

Burnt Friedman - Can't Cool (2003)

1. Fuck Back - (remix, featuring Theo Altenberg)
2. Fly Your Kite - (featuring ABI)
3. Patemoster - (remix, featuring ABI)
4. Dublab Alert - (featuring ABI)
5. Life Is Worth Dying For - (featuring Patrice)
6. Get Things Straight - (featuring Patrice)
7. Real Abstraction - (featuring ABI)
8. Someday My Blues Will Cover the Earth - (featuring His Name Is Alive)
9. Desinger Groove
10. Get Things Straight - (Dub)
11. Five Star Group Travel
12. Consider a Bigger Wallet

Cologne-resident Burnt Friedman is the pal of former Cologne-resident Uwe Schmidt (aka Senor Coconut, aka Atomheart, aka 34 billion other aliases). The two worked - and still work - together on the fabulous Flanger project (Ninja Tune), creating supreme nano-jazz from intricately constructed sound samples.

Phillip Glass - Orion (2005)

CD 1
1. Australia (12:14)
2. Interlude: Australia & China (2:18)
3. China (9:48)
4. Canada (10:47)
5. Interlude: Canada & The Gambia (2:24)
6. The Gambia (15:00)

CD 2
1. Brazil (10:24)
2. Interlude: Brazil & India (3:38)
3. India (12:51)
4. Greece (11:17)

Composer Philip Glass joins his own performance ensemble and featured guests Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Mark Atkins, Ashley MacIsaac, Wu Man, Gaurav Mazumdar, Foday Musa Suso, UAKTI and conductor Michael Riesman, in this recording of the premiere of Orion.

Orion is a work originally created for the 2004 Olympiad in Athens by Glass in collaboration with Mark Atkins, Ashley MacIsaac, Wu Man, Ravi Shankar, Foday Musa Suso, and UAKTI.

This dynamic piece, international in scope, reminds us of how all the earths' various cultures share an awe and appreciation of the starry night time skies.

Jon Hassel Live in Philadelphia February 2009

01. ba-benzele
02. abu gil
03. courtrais
04. last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street
05. aurora
06. north line
07. blue poles
08. open secret

Jon Hassell - trumpet/keyboard
Peter Freeman - bass/laptop
Jan Bang - sampler/live sampling
Dino J.A. Deane - sampler/live sampling
Kheir Eddine M'Kachiche - violin

COMPOSER/TRUMPETER Jon Hassell is the visionary creator of a style of music he describes as Fourth World, a mysterious, unique hybrid of music both ancient and digital, composed and improvised, Eastern and Western. In the last two decades, his connoisseur recordings, built around a completely unique "vocal" trumpet style (developed in studies with Indian vocal master, Pandit Pran Nath) have inspired a generation of collaborators like Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Kronos Quartet and Ry Cooder. Check it out.

tipsy - buzzz (2008)

02-Buzzz-Fresh Man
04-Buzzz-Snap Into
06-Buzzz-Blogg This
08-Buzzz-Da Judge
10-Buzzz-16 Months
11-Buzzz-On The Phone
12-Buzzz-My Dirty
13-Buzzz-The Sidelines
14-Buzzz-Hell No
15-Buzzz-My Dog

Despite being distracted by commercial corporate money music for hire (as well as occasional substance abuse), Tipsy has finally assembled a much anticipated new album, BUZZZ, on Ipecac Recordings; more rhythmically oriented, less loop-heavy than before. Featuring quirky Japanese singer Coppe', and many of the players from the previous album, Tipsy continues to push their pop weirdness another step beyond.

Dave Gardner - turntable, keyboard
Tim Digulla - synthesizer, electronics
Alex Oropeza - guitar
Travis Threlkel - drums
Mayumi Ota - bass

Tipsy - Trip Tease (1997)

1. Mr. Exitement (4:00)
2. Space Golf (3:59)
3. Grossenhosen (3:36)
4. Tuatara (5:27)
5. Nude on the Moon (3:54)
6. El Bombo Atomico (3:12)
7. Liquordelic (4:01)
8. Cinnabar (5:04)
9. Fuad Ramses (4:15)
10. Oops! (3:44)
11. Ugly Stadium (3:58)
12. Something Tropical (2:29)
13. Zenith (5:29)

The grooves within are addictive and seductive...and the samples of Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman, and Esquivel (among others) greet the listener like a familiar face at an afternoon cocktail party.

Jean Jacques Perrey & David Chazam - Eclektronics

1. What's Up Duck?
2. Analog Dialog Listen
3. Loop 1
4. My Blue Morlok
5. Elephant on the Roof
6. Clones War Listen
7. Loop 2
8. Doc Tequil and Mister H.
9. Japanese Connection
10. Loop 3
11. Cyberbugs Time-Machine
12. 28th Paradigm
13. Loop 4
14. Neutronia
15. Bilbo K. [Instrumental]
16. Chronophonie 99
17. Loop 5

Frenchman Jean-Jacques Perrey is well-known to anyone interested in electronic music, and especially to those who are familiar with the many records from the late sixties and early seventies on which the Moog synthesizer plays a major role. While his colleagues mainly recorded cover versions (varying from Bach to Burt Bacharach), Perrey whether or not together with Gershon Kingsley brought out a number of LPs packed with catching tunes he composed himself. These tunes are all based on the strange squeaking, buzzing and growling Moog effects. At first hearing it all sounds deceptively simple. However, these tunes are always ingeniously put together, especially when you realize the primitive nature of the equipment used.

Thanks to the Dutch Basta label, Eclektronics recently became available on CD. The CD edition contains five bonus tracks, which Perrey and Chazam recorded after the original LP had been released. Amazing album!